Nuts & Bolts

This is probably the oldest recipe I have printed out in my recipe binder.  I swear, it may have been printed with a dot matrix printer and I can tell I typed it up in Word or something as it has a pretty spiffy Word Art title.  I know one of my sisters makes this a lot, but I’m not sure (yet) if this one started as her recipe or where it came from originally.  Regardless, it’s basic, not too zippy, makes a ton and tastes fabulous.

Homemade Bits and Bites
Because this recipe is huge, it’s great for gift giving and to have on hand over the holidays.  It keeps well as long as it’s sealed airtight, and I can remember my sister freezing it in plastic ice cream containers as well.  Here is my version of the popular snack mix that goes by a million names…
My Nuts & Bolts
  • 1 box (the smaller 300g ish size) Cheerios
  • 1 box (or an equal amount to Cheerios) Life Cereal (the original recipe uses Shreddies, but I love the tiny hint of sweetness and the lightness of the Life Cereal)
  • 2 cups barbecue peanuts
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 2 cups cheese stick crackers
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (when I was vegetarian I left this out and didn’t actually notice a difference… so I’ll leave that up to you)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  In a large roaster, combine cereals, nuts, crackers and pretzels.  In microwave (or on stove) melt butter and mix in spices and Worcestershire.  Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently to mix thoroughly.  Bake at 250 degrees for 90 minutes, tossing it with spoon every 20 minutes or so.
As you can see, this is a great recipe to make with the kids.  Chelsea loved being able to dump out whole boxes of cereal without getting in trouble!  She even nibbles on some of it too surprisingly (if you are a new reader, she is one of the most picky children ever born).
Munch on some, bag some up for gifts, munch on some more and then hide it for another day.
I adore these snack mixes and if you want to share with me your favourite version, I’d love to hear!
I’m pretty sure this will be my last post prior to Christmas as I have a pretty under the weather family right now and I’m trying my hardest to nurse them back to health before my eldest niece’s wedding on Friday… a lot of great times and new memories will happen this weekend for sure.  I hope you all have a great holiday, whichever one you may celebrate, and I want to wish my family a very Merry Christmas!  I’ll be back before New Year’s Eve though, I promise.


  1. says

    Cereal is one of my comfort foods, I could probably eat it by the box if I wanted to (I may have done that before…). Amazingly I have been eating snack mixes like this since my childhood but never thought to make it for myself. I would definitely sub the shreddies back in (by far my favourite cereal). You could always try out honey Shreddies which are pretty darned good and will give you that sweetness :). Though I suppose you could really use anything, which is what makes it so good.
    Have a wondeful Christmas and I hope your family gets well soon.

  2. says

    I love nuts and bolts. These look good! You should add a little “Pin it” button to your recipes…It’d be good for blog traffic, and good for sharing your wonderful recipes. :)

  3. Chandra Christine O'Connor says

    this is cool I have made nuts and bolts for years and years and your recipe is quite similar to mine, I use cheerios, I do use shreddies, I also add cashews but I add bugles to mine and I use oil instead of butter and if I can find it at the end of the cooking I shake in nacho cheese popcorn seasoning.


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